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MLitt Creative Writing

  • Start date:  September
  • Study mode and duration:  Full-time: 12 months Part-time: 24 months

Study with us

  • work closely with experienced, published writers who know the industry to develop your writing practice
  • benefit from workshops with peers and tutors while developing your ideas
  • work on an extended creative project developed on a one-on-one basis with your tutor
  • prepare for the practical side of literary development
  • experiment with new and hybrid forms
  • work in a dynamic, artistic city full of history and possibility

The Convener of the MLitt in Creative Writing is the award-winning novelist, short story writer, editor and biographer Rodge Glass, author of Bring Me the Head of Ryan Giggs, Stories for the EasyJet Generation and Alasdair Gray: A Secretary’s Biography.

Why this course?

This course is designed across three semesters, with each class intended to develop not just the skills aspiring writers need, but the right skills at the right stage in their development. The structure of the MLitt gives writers the freedom to pursue their chosen forms and genres in terms of their creative work, while providing guidance and support in an academic context too. The staff team aim for a collegiate, supportive atmosphere – we aren’t just a writing course, we’re a writing community.

Strathclyde staff can offer specialist tuition in a wide range of genres including:

  • contemporary fiction & non-fiction
  • historical fiction & fiction for young adults
  • screenwriting

creative writing masters scotland

Kathryn Sandilands

The course provided a lot of freedom in terms of the creative writing which students were able to produce for assignments, with workshops focusing on tools and approaches which might help to achieve a final piece of writing.

Mlitt Creative Writing graduate Hannah Lee

I think the vast range of things that we were taught across the Masters degree was one of the things I enjoyed most about the course. I was encouraged to try many different forms of writing that pushed me out of my comfort zone but in the long run made me a better and more rounded writer.

Rodge Glass, Convener of the MLitt in Creative Writing

Dr Rodge Glass

Course convener.

Read widely, think deeply, research thoroughly and revise closely, and you'll have a great time. Writing is a way of engaging with the world while trying to make sense of it. And the skills you learn will be useful whether you go on to work in the writing or publishing industries or not.

Entry requirements

Pre-masters preparation course.

The  Pre-Masters Programme  is a preparation course held at the  University of Strathclyde International Study Centre , for international students (non EU/UK) who do not meet the academic entry requirements for a Masters degree at University of Strathclyde. The Pre-Masters programme provides progression to a number of degree options.

Upon successful completion, you'll be able to progress to this degree course at the University of Strathclyde.

Please note: Previous Maths & English qualifications and your undergraduate degree must meet GTCS minimum entry requirements as well as the pre-Masters course and an interview will be conducted before an offer can be made.

International students

We've a thriving international community with students coming here to study from over 140 countries across the world. Find out all you need to know about studying in Glasgow at Strathclyde and hear from students about their experiences.

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Scholarships

  • EU Engagement Scholarships  are available to EU applicants who would have previously been eligible for Home (Scottish/EU) fee status
  • Full-time international (non-EU) students applying to postgraduate study may be eligible for a scholarship worth up to £5,000

Fees & funding

All fees quoted are for full-time courses and per academic year unless stated otherwise.

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

Please note : the fees shown are annual and may be subject to an increase each year.  Find out more about fees .

How can I fund my course?

  • Students from Scotland

Scottish postgraduate students

Scottish postgraduate students may be able to apply for support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). The support is in the form of a tuition fee loan and for eligible students, a living cost loan. Find out more about the support and how to apply .

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding.

  • Students from England

Students coming from England

Students ordinarily resident in England may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance England. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs.  Find out more about the support and how to apply .

Don’t forget to check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding .

  • Students from Wales

Students coming from Wales

Students ordinarily resident in Wales may be to apply for postgraduate support from Student Finance Wales. The support is a loan of up to £10,280 which can be used for both tuition fees and living costs.  Find out more about the support and how to apply .

  • Students from Northern Ireland

Students coming from Northern Ireland

Postgraduate students who are ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland may be able to apply for support from Student Finance Northern Ireland. The support is a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500.  Find out more about the support and how to apply .

We've a large range of scholarships available to help you fund your studies.  Check our scholarship search for more help with fees and funding .

Graduates from creative writing subjects at the University of Strathclyde have gone into writing, publishing, teaching, journalism and may other professions. Some graduates have also gone on to further their skills by undertaking a PhD. Other have chosen to become self-employed as tutors.

Writers who have taken masters and/or doctoral qualifications in creative writing at Strathclyde include Louise Welsh, Rachel Sieffert, Beatrice Colin and Colette Paul.

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Unique is a great way to describe the postgraduate creative writing programme at Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland. For a start, we put genre fiction front and centre in our course. If you love science fiction, fantasy, crime or horror, most MFAs and MAs don't want to know - but we embrace great genre writing and people who want to write it. Another unique focus at Edinburgh Napier is comics and graphic novels , which most other programmes ignore. In fact, we love this medium so much we devote an entire module about it, Writing Graphic Fiction. [Good news: no talent for drawing required!] We also specialise in Young Adult fiction , with acclaimed YA author Laura Lam leading a new module on this.

Edinburgh Napier's creative writing MA does not offer a poetry option. We repeat, poetry is not a requirement . There are plenty of other great courses with brilliant poets on the faculty - if you want to study poetry, seek them out. We have had prize-winning poets as students on our programme, but we don't teach or critique poetry.

No peer review workshops?

There are also no peer review workshops in Creative Writing MA classes at Edinburgh Napier. We repeat, no peer review workshops. This boggles the mind of some people, as such workshops are the dominant teaching method for creative writing pretty much everywhere else. But we don't have them in our classes. Not one! Instead, we set frequent writing assignments and expect you to bring the results to class. You're encouraged to critically self-reflect on your work [with prompts from us], and to share that thinking. You get professional editorial feedback on your writing and your self-reflection skills, delivered masterclass-style in class. And you get six hours of one-to-one mentoring .

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Introducing our Creative Writing tutors - David Bishop, Elizabeth Dearnley, Nicholas Binge and Noelle Harrison. Learn more about their backgrounds and their impressive careers in writing so far.

Through her work, Jenny Bloomfield has always strived to make a difference. Now she's looking to do it through an alternative medium - creative writing.

Write Together: Edinburgh Napier & Seton Hill

As a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing at Edinburgh Napier University, you can now earn your MFA – and finish the book you started at Edinburgh Napier – through the Writing Popular Fiction programme at Seton Hill. 

Beginning in January 2017, alumni from Edinburgh Napier University can enroll in the Writing Popular Fiction programme at Seton Hill and earn an MFA by taking 34 credits (instead of the usual 54) and attending four residencies (instead of six).

2015 graduate Ashley Stern is now working towards her MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University in Pennsylvania. We catch-up with her as she looks back on her time in Edinburgh.

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Creative Writing MLitt

University of glasgow.

  • 1 year Full time degree: £10,650 per year (UK)
  • 24 months Part time degree: £4,736 per year (UK)
  • Creative Writing: Craft and Experimentation 1
  • Creative Writing Workshop
  • Creative Writing: Craft and Experimentation 2
  • Creative Writing: Editing and Publication 1
  • Creative Writing: Editing and Publication 2
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PhD/ MPhil/ MRes Creative Writing

University of strathclyde.

  • 3 years Full time degree: £4,712 per year (UK)

Playwriting and Dramaturgy MLitt

  • 24 months Part time degree: £5,328 per year (UK)
  • Individual Research Project (Dramaturgy)- Core
  • Debating Dramaturgy- Core
  • Playwriting 1- Core
  • Research Methods- Core
  • CONTEMPORARY DRAMATURGICAL PRACTICES- Core

Creative Writing Mlitt

  • 12 months Full time degree: £8,700 per year (UK)
  • 24 months Part time degree
  • The Writing Life (20 Credits) - Core
  • Creative Writing Workshops- Core
  • The Shape of Stories (20 Credits) - Core
  • The Major Project (60 Credits) - Core
  • Research Skills in the Humanities (20 Credits) - Core

Creative Writing MFA

  • 2 years Full time degree: £4,712 per year (UK)
  • 4 years Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

Creative Writing DFA

  • 5 years Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

Creative Writing MLitt (Online)

  • 12 months Online degree: £10,650 per year (UK)
  • 24 months Online degree: £4,736 per year (UK)
  • Creative Writing: Craft and Experimentation 1- Core
  • Creative Writing: Craft and Experimentation 2- Core
  • Creative Writing Portfolio- Core
  • Creative Writing Workshop- Core
  • Creative Writing: Editing and Publication 1- Core

Creative Writing MSc

The university of edinburgh.

  • 1 year Full time degree: £13,000 per year (UK)
  • Creative Writing Core Course 2 (ENLI11027) (40 Credits) - Core
  • MSc Creative Writing Dissertation (ENLI11032) (60 Credits) - Core
  • Creative Writing Core Course 1 (ENLI11026) (40 Credits) - Core

Playwriting and Screenwriting (MLitt)

University of st andrews.

  • 1 year Full time degree: £11,680 per year (UK)
  • Research Skills for Creative Writers- Core
  • Writing for Performance 1 and 2- Core
  • Dissertation

MA Television Fiction Writing

Glasgow caledonian university.

  • 1 year Full time degree: £9,000 per year (UK)
  • 1 year Full time degree: £9,500 per year (UK)
  • 3 years Part time degree: £3,167 per year (UK)
  • Creating Original TV Drama 2
  • Creating Original TV Drama 1
  • Independent Script Project.
  • Story and Script Techniques 1
  • Story and Script Techniques 2

MA Screenwriting

Edinburgh napier university.

  • 1 year Full time degree: £6,930 per year (UK)
  • 2 years Part time degree: £3,750 per year (UK)
  • Major Project(SCA11106)
  • Interactive Media(SCA11117)
  • Script workshop 1 (SCA11102)
  • Writing for Graphic Fiction(CLP11109)
  • Writing and Screen Project Development(SCA11100)

Creative Writing PhD

University of aberdeen.

  • 3 years Full time degree
  • 6 years Part time degree

MLitt Creative Writing

University of stirling.

  • 12 months Full time degree: £8,000 per year (UK)
  • 24 months Part time degree: £4,000 per year (UK)
  • The Art of Fiction (CRWPP12) (20 Credits) - Core
  • Research Skills for Writers(CRWPP18) (20 Credits) - Core
  • Dissertation(CRWPP05) (60 Credits) - Core
  • Workshop Two(CRWPP11) (20 Credits) - Core
  • Workshop One(CRWPP10) (20 Credits) - Core
  • 6 years Part time degree: £2,356 per year (UK)

Master of Fine Arts-Playwriting & Screenwriting

  • 2 years Full time degree: £11,680 per year (UK)

MA Creative Writing

  • Narrative Practice Vocational Skillset(CLP11118)
  • Creating Narrative - Writer's Toolkit(CLP11119)
  • Major Project(CLP11110)
  • Writing Practice First Person Narrative(CLP11117)

Playwriting MSc

  • 2 years Part time degree: £6,500 per year (UK)

Creative Writing (MLitt)

  • Writing Poetry 1 and Writing Poetry 2- Core
  • Writing Prose 1 and Writing Prose 2- Core

MA Writing Popular Fiction

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Creative Writing MSc The University of Edinburgh

Key course facts, course description.

Based in the first UNESCO World City of Literature, this one-year, full-time taught Masters programme is tailored towards your practice in either fiction or poetry.

There is a strong practical element to the programme, helping you develop your creative skills through workshops, presenting your work for peer discussion, and hearing from guest writers and other professionals on the practicalities of life as a writer.

You’ll also sharpen your critical skills through seminars exploring the particulars of your chosen form and through option courses in literature, helping you move from theoretical considerations to practical applications.

The programme culminates with the publication of ‘From Arthur’s Seat’, an anthology of student work.

Why Edinburgh

Literature has been taught here for over 250 years, and today Edinburgh thrives on its designation as the first UNESCO World City of Literature, home to the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library, and a number of celebrated publishing outlets, from Canongate and Polygon, to Luath Press, Birlinn and Mariscat. The University hosts the prestigious James Tait Black Awards, established in 1919 and the oldest literary prizes in Britain.

There are lots of opportunities to write and share your work, from ‘The Student’, the UK’s oldest student newspaper (founded in 1887 by Robert Louis Stevenson), to The Selkie, which was founded by Creative Writing students in 2018 to showcase work by people who self-identify as underrepresented.

Around the city, you’ll find library readings and bookshop launches, spoken word gigs, cabaret nights and poetry slams.

We team teach our programme so that you benefit from the input of a range of tutors, as well as your fellow students and our Writer in Residence, the poet Ryan Van Winkle, who also co-ordinates a range of student writing prizes and our annual industry event, The Business.

The academic staff you will be working with are all active researchers or authors, including well-published and prize-winning writers of poetry, prose fiction and drama. They include:

Dr Jane Alexander - Fiction

Dr Miriam Gamble - Poetry

Dr Alan Gillis - Poetry

Dr Jane McKie - Poetry

Dr Allyson Stack - Fiction

Kim Sherwood - Fiction

Alice Thompson - Fiction

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Entry requirements for individual programmes vary, so please check the details for the specific programme you wish to apply for on our website. You will also need to meet the University’s language requirements.

Average student cost of living in the UK

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

Positions of the university of edinburgh in top uk and global rankings., about the university of edinburgh.

The University of Edinburgh is located in the Scottish city of the same name, and is one of the oldest universities in the entire United Kingdom, having opened in the year 1583. The university enjoys a strong reputation for its contributions to international research efforts, which is reflected in their inclusion in the Russell Group, Universitas 21, and Una Europa. Edinburgh offers its residents a historic yet modern city, with a lively nightlife scene, reliable public transport, and friendly locals.

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Creative Writing (online) MLitt: Online distance learning

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Note: This programme is also delivered on campus. To find out more about this programme or the research opportunities available, visit our Creative Writing subject page

If you're a talented and ambitious writer looking to develop your craft and take your writing to the next level, Glasgow's renowned Creative Writing MLitt is ideal. Develop your writing practice wherever you are in the world by gaining creative and critical skills on this exciting and supportive online course.

  • Online distance learning
  • Academic contact: Dr Colin Herd  [email protected]
  • Teaching start: September
  • MLitt: 12 months full-time; 24 months part‑time

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Why this programme

  • Our MLitt in Creative Writing is delivered within a clear three-part structure, focused on creative, critical and editorial skills.
  • Our Creative Writing programme has gained an excellent reputation with writers, agents and publishers. The University's writing courses are among the most challenging and popular in the UK.
  • These courses have helped launch the careers of an impressive list of acclaimed authors including, but not limited to: Anne Donovan, Helen Sedgwick, Kirsty Logan, Jen Hadfield, JL Williams, Louise Welsh, Zoe Strachan, Elizabeth Reeder and many others.
  • You'll be taught by successful and well-regarded writers who specialise across diverse genres. We are happy to supervise students working in established genres but just as keen to see students mix genres or create new forms. In addition, you'll be able to tap into the University's strong network of literary agents and publishers, as well as an impressive list of published alumni. 
  • This online programme is 1 year full time. If you are already working full time or have family commitments, the course can also be completed on a part-time flexible study basis over 2 years.
  • Listen to our podcast: Stories from Glasgow – Writing Space with Dr Oliver K. Langmead .
  • Read From Glasgow to Saturn, our literary journal .

Programme structure

The full-time programme consists of the following courses. The part-time programme consists of the same courses split over two years.

  • CREATIVE WRITING: CRAFT AND EXPERIMENTATION 1 (DL)
  • CREATIVE WRITING: EDITING AND PUBLICATION 1 (DL)
  • CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP (DLEARNING)
  • CREATIVE WRITING: CRAFT AND EXPERIMENTATION 2 (DL)   Option 1
  • READING & WRITING DEATH & DYING DL   Option 2
  • CREATIVE WRITING: EDITING AND PUBLICATION 2 (DL)

Summer Semester

  • CREATIVE WRITING PORTFOLIO (PGT) (DLEARNING)

Programme outcomes

  • Experiment with a range of voices, techniques and genres and consider major creative and editorial engagements
  • Develop a critical understanding of a diverse creative, theoretic and critical texts
  • Develop editorial skills
  • Gain an understanding of literary techniques and ideas
  • Access the work and thought of a wide range of literary artists
  • Produce extended portfolios of creative and editorial work
  • Understand the writing context (audience, publishing in all its forms, the legal framework, modes of transmission)
  • Become disciplined in writing regularly in a stimulating workshop and tutorial environment in which writing skills can be acquired, discussed and honed
  • Be part of a stimulating and critical peer group that reads, engages with, and appraises one others work
  • Understand the means of literary transmission and how these means affect your own work
  • Meet, hear and talk to professional writers and individuals from publishing and other transmission industries
  • Display an understanding of the mechanisms (historical and contemporary) of literary textual transmission and other forms of transmission (including performance) in their various technological, commercial and artistic aspects

"I can honestly say that the programme was the best thing that has ever happened for my writing." Nichola Deadman, Creative Writing student

Programme alteration or discontinuation The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract .

Career prospects

Skills gained in the study of our Creative Writing MLitt may lead to career opportunities in literary and cultural fields such as editing, publishing and arts development. Many of our alumni are successful authors. Our graduates have also gone into journalism, publishing, and a range of other professions. Positions held by recent graduates include managing director, freelance writer, author, copywriter and community arts worker.

Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2024-25

  • Full-time fee: £10650
  • Part-time fee: £1184 per 20 credits

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £22140

Part-time fees:

  • UK :  £1,184 per 20 credits (180 credits in total)
  • International & EU : £2,460 per 20 credits (180 credits in total)

The credits are split: 

  • Year 1 : 80 credits (4 x £1,184 / £2,460) for Craft & Experimentation 1 and 2, and Workshops
  • Year 2 : 100 credits (5 x £1,184 / £2,460) for Editing & Publication 1 and 2, and Portfolio

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Funding opportunities

  • UK Study Online Scholarship

The UK Study Online scholarship is open to UK, EU and international students taking online undergraduate and postgraduate courses. 

Please see  UK Study Online for more details.

  • Postgraduate Student Loan (Scotland and EU)

Eligible full-time and part-time students, undertaking an eligible postgraduate course, can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £7,000 towards their course. Eligible full-time postgraduate students can apply for a living-cost loan of up to £4,500.  

This support extends to online Masters or Postgraduate Diplomas, and not to the online Postgraduate Certificate courses.

For more information visit the SAAS website .

  • Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loans England only (PTFL)

If you’re an English student looking to study a taught Masters programme in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan. Students from England are able to apply for a non-means tested   Postgraduate Master’s Loan  of up to £11,570   to help with course fees and living costs. You have to  repay your Postgraduate Master’s Loan  at the same time as any other student loans you have. You’ll be charged interest from the day you get the first payment.

If you’re studying by distance learning, you can also apply.

  • Postgraduate Loans for Welsh Students

If you are a Welsh student looking to study a postgraduate programme* in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a Welsh University.

* does not apply to Erasmus Mundus programmes

Postgraduate Master's Finance

If you’re starting a full-time or part-time Postgraduate Master’s course (taught or research based) from 1 August 2019, you can apply for Postgraduate Master's Finance and receive up to £17,000 as a combination of grant and loan:

  • a maximum grant of £6,885 and loan of £10,115 if your household income is £18,370 and below
  • a grant of £1,000 and loan of £16,000 if your household income is not taken into account or is above £59,200.

For more information visit  Student Finance Wales

Postgraduate Doctoral Loan

If you’re starting a full-time or part-time postgraduate Doctoral course (such as a PhD) from 1 August 2019 you can apply for a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan of up to £25,700.

  • Alumni Discount

In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2024/25. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. This discount can be awarded alongside most University scholarships.

  • Postgraduate Student Loan (NI)

If you are a Northern Irish student looking to study a taught Masters programme* in Glasgow then you can apply for a student loan in exactly the same way as you would for a University in Northern Ireland.

Northern Irish students are able to apply for non-means-tested tuition fee loans of up to £5,500, to help with the costs of funding.

For more information visit  www.studentfinanceni.co.uk/types-of-finance/postgraduate  .

The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database

Entry requirements

  • You will normally have a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent), though this is not a pre-requisite.
  • The primary basis for admission is the appraisal of a portfolio of your creative work.
  • You submit a portfolio of original work (poetry, fiction, life-writing or other prose, drama, and in some instances a portfolio of translation work). A maximum of 20 pages (one side only, double spaced throughout) per submission will be considered, and the portfolio can contain prose, verse, script, or a combination of these.
  • We also require two letters of reference. Your referees should include an academic and a creative referee where possible. Where this is not possible, you can provide referees from other areas who can vouch that you are who you say you are and that your work and achievements are your own. It is particularly helpful if these referees are familiar with your writing and can provide references on that basis.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 7.0 with no subtests under 7.0
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

Toefl (ibt, my best or athome).

  • 94; with Reading 24; Listening 24; Speaking 23; Writing 27
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements , this includes TOEFL mybest.

Pearsons PTE Academic

  • 66 with no subtest less than: Listening 66;Reading 68; Speaking 65; Writing 82

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)

  • 185 overall, no subtest less than 185

Oxford English Test

  • Oxford ELLT 8
  • R&L: OIDI level no less than 8 with Reading: 27-28 and Listening: 20
  • W&S: OIDI level no less than 8.

Trinity College Tests

Integrated Skills in English II & III & IV: ISEII Pass with Pass in all sub-tests.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • students must have studied for a minimum of 2 years at Undergraduate level, or 9 months at Master's level, and must have complete their degree in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years
  • students must have completed their final two years study in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our  enquiry form

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, see  how to apply for a postgraduate taught degree

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application, see  Application System Help .

  • Name and Date of birth:  must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details : Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course : Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry:  Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications : Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency : Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience : Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference : Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

September 2024, all applicants.

As there is extremely high demand for places on this degree programme, the University has established an application process with application rounds. This process aims to ensure fairness and equity to applicants and should support applications being open for the full admission cycle.

Round 1 application dates

1 October 2023 to 19 November 2023 . You will receive our decision on your application by 3 February 2024 .

Round 2 application dates

20 November 2023 . You will receive our decision on your application by 24 March 2024 .

Round 3 application dates

19 February 2024 . You will receive our decision on your application by 8 July 2024.

Round 4 application dates (if applicable)  

28 May 2024 . You will receive our decision on your application by 11 August 2024 .  

As we receive a great number of applications, prospective students are only allowed to apply once per year.

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Below is a list of best universities in Scotland ranked based on their research performance in Creative Writing. A graph of 17.1M citations received by 610K academic papers made by 13 universities in Scotland was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

Please note that our approach to subject rankings is based on scientific outputs and heavily biased on art-related topics towards institutions with computer science research profiles.

1. University of Edinburgh

For Creative Writing

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2. University of Glasgow

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3. University of St Andrews

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4. University of Strathclyde

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5. University of Aberdeen

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6. University of Stirling

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7. University of Dundee

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8. Heriot-Watt University

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9. Edinburgh Napier University

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10. University of the West of Scotland

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11. Glasgow Caledonian University

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12. Robert Gordon University

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13. Queen Margaret University

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Master of Fine Arts

An MFA is a higher credential than the MLitt , and is the internationally recognized standard for teachers of Creative Writing in secondary and tertiary higher education; most consider the MFA the qualification required to teach creative writing in North America and Europe.

St Andrews is one of the first universities in the UK to confer an MFA degree. Within the programme, students will be able to focus on producing a substantial piece of creative work under the supervision of a world-class writing faculty, and on preparing themselves as teachers of writing in a variety of instructional contexts. Since our MFA Year 1 students complete the same taught classes as our  MLitt  students, there is a far stronger emphasis placed on contact time than in other universities.

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The School offers two Master of Fine Arts degrees:

  • Creative Writing
  • Playwriting & Screenwriting. 

About the MFAs

Both Masters of Fine Arts degrees are two-year postgraduate degrees, and consist of two distinct phases of study.  In addition, there are two career skills modules – in MFA Year 1, ‘Research Skills for Creative Writers’; in MFA Year 2, ‘Practical Pedagogy for Creative Writers’.

  • MFA Year 1 is taught through technical seminars, workshops and individual tuition.
  • MFA Year 2 consists of two semesters of postgraduate supervision, at the end of which students will submit a substantial piece of creative work. In MFA Year 2 there will be the opportunity to be involved in the practical business of publishing an online magazine.

MLitt students will have the option to transfer into the MFA programme upon successful completion of the taught element of their course, where their MLitt year will count as MFA Year 1. Students who already hold a Masters level degree in Creative Writing may apply directly into Year 2 of the MFA. Please mark this clearly on your research proposal document.

The MFA in Creative Writing has two separate streams: Poetry and Prose, and prospective students should apply for one stream only. For their final submission, students on the prose track will submit a thesis of publishable quality of around 40,000 words; for poetry, a thesis of about 40 pages of verse.

Students taking the MFA in Playwriting & Screenwriting will submit a thesis of approximately 90 minutes performance time.

MFA applications

Mfa entry requirements.

MFA Year 1 entrants – Normally a good honours level undergraduate degree or equivalent

MFA Year 2 entrants – Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a Masters degree in Creative Writing at distinction level grade.

How to apply

MFA study Applications should be submitted via the research degree option of the fully automated  online application system  and you should ensure that you have all additional documents required available for upload at point of application.

The writing samples provided within your application are incredibly important in the assessment process. Ideally, this should be a piece of distinction-grade writing which you have recently completed, and must be on a theme related to your programme intention.

Application document requirements

  • CV or resume
  • 2 academic references (directly from referees via the automated system)
  • An academic critical writing sample of approximately 2,000 words which should be on an English literature topic.
  • A portfolio of original verse, prose, playwriting or screenwriting (approximately 10 poems or around 10-15 pages of prose, playwriting or screenwriting). Please add this sample as a section of your academic writing sample and upload as one document.
  • Certified academic transcripts of study, including modular grades (interim UG level transcripts are permitted at this stage where final results are not yet known)
  • MFA Year 2 direct   entrants  - you should confirm which strand and year of the programme you are applying for in your research proposal, and also supply a 500-word outline of the proposed creative project; 
  • MFA Year 1 entrants  - you should merely state the strand and year of the programme that you are applying for, and confirm that your intended project will be relevant for that genre
  • Statement of Purpose
  • IELTS/CPE/TOEFL certificate (if applicable) with an IELTS 8.0 grade minimum or equivalent in each sub-category

Application deadline

Application deadlines for receipt of complete study application:

  • 15 January  for students also applying for internal scholarships
  • 31 May  for all other applicants

Overseas applicants should apply as early as possible for international visa purposes.

In the first year, students pay the equivalent fee for taught postgraduate students. Taught tuition fee information can be found on the University's Fees and Funding page . This page also includes links to other relevant information, such as residence fees etc.

In the second year, fees will be charged in line with the equivalent research fee for the relevant academic year. Please see  tuition fees for research postgraduate programmes  for current fee levels.

Following submission of a study application, students should apply separately through the scholarships and funding catalogue for any available awards. Awards can be viewed on the scholarships and funding pages . Deadline dates and eligibility are separately listed for named individual awards within the catalogue, and students normally do not require to hold a study offer prior to application.

For general information about any aspect of funding, please contact the Scholarships Office at [email protected]

Staff teaching on the MFAs

Year one entrants are not required to contact a prospective supervisor prior to application submission since one will be allocated during their studies automatically, but for Year 2 direct entrants this is a crucial step in the process. The following members of staff may be available to supervise research topics:

Ms Anne Boyer

Anne Boyer welcomes enquiries from students working in poetry and poetics, autotheory, and experimental literature. Of particular interest are the intersections of literature with critical theory or philosophy, social movements, and the visual arts. 

Professor Zinnie Harris

Professor Harris is a playwright and screenwriter, and she hopes to supervise students who are interested in writing for stage or screen. She has also adapted novels and classic texts for both theatre and television, and has written for radio.

Mrs Jillian Mannion

Jillian Mannion welcomes enquiries from postgraduate students who are interested in writing for film and television or in studying script and story analysis. She has a particular interest in script structure, character construction and the design of the TV pilot episode. Jillian is happy to supervise projects across a number of genres including drama, comedy, action, thriller, crime and period.

Ms Dina Nayeri

Ms Nayeri would be happy to supervise fiction or non-fiction, in a range of narrative forms, relating to displacement and movement of all kinds: not only across borders or in language and culture (though the middle east is one of her own focal points), but stories that reflect upon and dramatize moments of profound change, undoings, and times of estrangement and otherness in a variety of lives.

Ms Karen Solie

Karen Solie is interested in supervising students working with 20th-century and contemporary poetry. Particular interests include writing about work and place, ecopoetics, form and the potential of hybrid genres, epistemology and the influence of philosophy, research methods, and Canadian poetry.

Testimonials

The Creative Writing community cultivated at St Andrews is necessary for growth as writers. The people that I have met and write with have confirmed to me that St Andrews is a special place to work on my novel.

Jenna Rogers 2018

The quality of the poets who teach at St Andrews is still very difficult to fully appreciate. I could spend the next decade learning from them, and probably will keep doing so through their poetry, once I’ve left. Second best thing I’ve done in my life, taking my MFA in poetry here.

Sean Robinson 2018

I LOVE St Andrews. Living in this small stone town by the sea is the best thing that ever happened to me. The town practically begs you to write poetry to it. Professors are totally available and classmates are some of the best advocates. People here are rooting for you. There is something so magical– the berries in fall, icy dips in the sea in winter, sunsets all year round. And the English department has the best community for postgraduates by far. We take care of each other!

Lily Clarke 2017

I initially came to St Andrews as an MLitt student to study abroad, learn in a global context, and meet new people. I stayed on for the MFA to continue writing alongside my cohort and gleaning from accomplished professors. I also wasn’t ready to give up the view of the North Sea from Castle House steps..

Rachel Hall 2017

The benefits of postgraduate study at St Andrews stretch far beyond graduation. As well as joining a long line of notable alumni and academics, postgraduate students are supported in their next steps by both the Careers Centre and the University alumni relations team. See the University's page on Using your English degree .

The University also provides an extensive and award-winning generic skills development programme – GRADskills – for all of its early career researchers, including MFA students.

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Combine the study of English literature with our distinctive creative writing course

September 2024

On this course you can study the history of English literature from the medieval period right up to the present day, and combine this with studies in creative writing.

A range of modules give you the option to study anything from Shakespeare to science fiction, Romantic to contemporary poetry, or Victorian novels to Hollywood films.

Our creative writing modules help you explore and extend your own potential as a writer and engage you in a range of literary activities. Our students write novels, stories, poetry, monologues, as well as exploring creativity in non-fiction, essays, journalism, reviewing, and writing for the theatre.

For English literature we start by covering topics such as how to analyse a poem and how to read a novel as a literary critic, introducing you to key skills in critical-creative ways of reading and writing.

We then move on to historical surveys of literature, before exploring in more detail many of the periods, movements, and topics previously covered.

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Top 7 Creative Writing Courses in Scotland With Certificates

Many of us feel that we have a story to tell. objectively speaking, so much of our artistic expression can be wonderous if deciphered efficiently on paper. but it can be confusing and intimidating at the same time to manifest our ideas in articulation and individuality. a professional creative writing course breaks down the process into simpler steps making it easier for the potential writer to rationalize their ideation, and bring it to life. if creativity is your ardor, what is better than pursuing a career where you can spend most of your day immersed in the joy of doing what you love to do that said, allow us to take you through a concise list of the best creative writing courses in scotland..

List of best creative writing courses in Scotland

But Let Us First Give You a Thorough Understanding of What Creative Writing is.

Creative writing, as the word suggests, is a writer’s creative imagination. Away from the realm of technical writing or business writing, there exists a freer form of expression where the writers have the privilege and control over their narrative. Their visualization has no bounds, and they are self-reliant as an artist.

With this, they have the power to pretend whatever they wish to and are also free to navigate their reader to pretend it along with them. It is their pool of ideas, imagination, and thoughts that they eventually weave into words for their potential reader to cherish. Fictional creative writing gives an author the wings to fly, but even if the writing is non-fictional, it can be equally liberating because the author has the right to intervene creatively as long as the facts are accurate.

Interestingly, creative writing is valued in vivid fields including businesses, where marketing and advertising are always on the lookout for good creative writers. Innovation and creativity are the backbones of the current competitive standards as clients tend to remember catchphrases more than the actual products.

Allow Us to Take You Through the Creative Writing Courses in Scotland, After a Useful Understanding of the Different Forms of Creative Writing:

Blogging is referred to as personal views that are self-published online for a wider informal reach on the internet. This mostly comprises frequent updates, informal language, and opinions that may lead to engaging conversations or debates amongst the readers.

Originating from “weblog”, a blog essentially began as a simple practice where internet users would “log” their daily details on the internet. This was fancied and soon became widely popular, so much so that people began to see the potential of marketing their businesses and products through blogging, given the astonishing reach

Scripts are imperative when it comes to creative writing. From screenplays of the movies or series that we watch to the advertisements on television or YouTube channels. From social media posts and reels to stand-up comedy – good content inarguably revolves around a good convincing script.

This category of writing by far offers the broadest bandwidth, as it does not limit the author’s imagination by any rules or structures. An interplay of words, rhyme, and rhythm ought to be the most powerful medium to give insights into literature and cultures.

And could still include beauty, storytelling, humor, sarcasm, political messages – so on and so forth. Poetry could be delivered in form of an entire poem or prose as suited to the author, a ballad, a sonnet, or a limerick (which is smaller than a poem but longer than a tagline).

In earlier times, letters were unanimously the only means of formal and informal communication. But gradually, with quicker alternatives taking over, letters were soon replaced by other convenient modes. However, they still hold their ground in the spectrum of business requirements.

Important business communication like apology letters, a business letter about minutes of the meeting or regarding an exclusive alliance, or a letter needed to convey important news to the media- all of these require an experienced creative writer who is tactful and boasts of extensive knowledge in such a field of writing.

Essays revolve around a certain topic and require creative thinking, though they are mostly associated with academic writing . Most of us can identify with this because essays were an integral part of our growing-up years. Creative essays will contain some facts and the rest can be elaborated and enhanced around those.

Since the time, motivational speaking has emerged as a strong career, speeches have gained intense momentum. Earlier they were still limited to exclusive occasions like oath-taking ceremonies or elections but now with stage speaking, motivational speeches have taken the forefront. Most such speeches also include examples of legends and successful entities, and it is therefore extremely important to have a skilled writer who can do justice to the speech.

Journals are written records of our schedules and experiences and are essential for our memories and our remembrance. It is different from writing a diary because it focuses on keeping a track of the events. Additionally, any ideas or approaches that cross a writer’s mind, must always be recorded in a journal too.

Story-telling:

This type of writing diversifies to fictional and non-fictional writing. Storytelling is undoubtedly the most magical skill to possess by any writer. In every realm and sphere, the story is the epicenter of anything that is highlighted or described around it – making the piece believable. A story adds soul and relatability to the content in an otherwise makeshift world. Some literal popular forms of story-telling would be novels, short stories, novellas, biographies, autobiographies, management books, etc.

a) Novels and Other Books:

Novels are the most favored form of creative writing. The determining factor could be that novels are lengthier than the other forms and give a gripping continuity to the reader. A good plot can allow the reader to escape from reality and delve into the world of the writer.

b) Short Stories:

Short stories, on the other hand, are shorter than a novel and contain few characters. The writer could engage the reader in a single short story built around these characters or offer a collection of different short stories under one umbrella.

c) Biography and Autobiography :

Both of these mutually exclusive writing dynamics describe the character sketch of an individual and their course of life. The biography of a person is written by someone else and an autobiography is an expression of one’s life, written by self. Both writing styles endure a big responsibility and require immense creative intervention to be able to create a good read.

d) Memoirs :

These typically fall under the radar of non-fiction and are books that focus on specific personal experiences like a travel memoir, a memoir on bullying in college, etc. They are more like vivid descriptions of a specific phase that is worthy of being highlighted.

Delve into the list of the top Creative Writing Courses in the UK

Advertising and Marketing:

In the digital world, content is the only king. In a world where all ideas, business, and aspirational modules rely majorly on fan following/ followers, the usage and stature of creative writing are self-explanatory. The radical threat here is the risk of plagiarism.

Every piece that is posted on the internet today is etched forever, and any resemblance to the shape or form of its existence pleads plagiarism. A well-versed content writer takes charge and after collecting necessary statistics and information from the internet, writes every bit of the content originally, with fresh formations.

Humour Writing:

Whether fictional or non-fictional, humor must be written to be funny. Observational humor, anecdotal humor, dark humor, self-deprecating humor, and satirical humor – if projected well, boast of endless scope in the current times. However, humor is a typically subjective communication tool and only an effectively agile use will humanize the writer to his readers.

News/Literary Journalism:

Traditionally, journalism was limited to the unprejudiced reporting of facts and events, whether on print or television. But over the years and especially today, it has transformed drastically. Journalism is now global – the line between local, national, and international news is blurred. Literary journalism now is the most powerful and journalists are now infusing their writing creatively with strong opinions and storytelling, to be effortlessly successful in convincing the audience.

It should be noted that all forms of writing that are formal, precise, and factual are distinctly away from creative writing. These forms of writing are prohibited from imaginative or embellished thinking, and run solely on reliant facts. For crystal understanding, it is important to bifurcate the following as do not fall under the umbrella of Creative Writing:

  • Academic Writing
  • Text Book Writing
  • Legal Writing
  • Scientific Research Papers
  • Professional emails
  • Technical Writing

Let Us Now Delve Into a Concise List of the Best Creative Writing Courses in Scotland-

1. iim skills.

One of the finest names in the industry is IIM SKILLS, primarily because they not only provide a detailed program in creative and content writing but also assure 100 % placement support. In the times that we are living in, it is of no relevance if we do not know what to do with all the learnings that we have inculcated.

It is crucial to have the right direction and relevant opportunities so that we can put our training to use, and eventually make profits with it. Creative writing is one of the most promising careers today but there is no denying that a writer needs to be a notch higher in this pool of experience and talent. That is where the right institution makes a difference.

IIM SKILLS provides a Content Writing Course certification that is globally accredited, and its course module is designed to bridge the gap between aspiration and achievement. The 4-week course is efficiently structured to impart 30 different types of writing skills along with a 3 months internship, designed to hone the writer’s handiness.

The key reason why IIM SKILLS tops the list of creative writing courses in Scotland is that they focus on the overall development of the creative writer by giving hands-on assignments and teaching them about the various important tools that are vital in the current digital age. This module of creative writing enables potential writers to find their profitable niche and also to derive maximum engagement from social connections.

As the course name suggests, they help you to master the forms of writing which heighten the demand for a skilled creative writer today – Articles, Blogs, E-book, Ads copy, Business listings, Video scripts, Product Description, Web Page, Emails, Brochure, Social Media Post, and Digital Infographics.

As much aware a writer may be of their writing aptitude, the road seems challenging without proper guidance and knowledge of current market trends and requirements. It is, therefore, crucial to invest time in the right strategy which offers a guaranteed outcome. IIM SKILLS boasts of unanimous positive reviews and fruitful testimonials and therefore should be among your favored choices for creative writing courses in Scotland.

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IIM SKILLS CONTENT WRITING COURSE MODULES & CONTENT

Professional courses from iim skills:.

  • Digital Marketing Course
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2. Coursera

Coursera offers a course in specialization in creative writing. At the crux of it, they teach you how to craft your own story that will keep the reader engaged from beginning to end. This course encompasses three major genres of writing: short story, narrative essay, and memoir, and is primarily meant for writers who find their niche under at least one of the said genres.

These genres are introduced to the heart of any narration – the plot, and then teach how to work around it – developing a stronger ability to redefine and critique their writing constantly. Their 6-month course is one of the best creative writing courses in Scotland which is available in various languages like English, Arabic, French, Portuguese, Serbian, Italian, Vietnamese, German, Russian, Spanish, Hungarian, and Polish – which is a plus for writers from different parts of the globe.

The Specialization Courses Offers the Following 5 Courses in the Realm of Creative Writing Courses in Scotland:

  • Creative Writing – The Craft of Plot
  • Creative Writing – The Craft of Character
  • Creative Writing – The Craft of Description
  • Creative Writing – The Craft of Style
  • Capstone – Your Story

Udemy is a leading education site that offers a plethora of courses online. They teach prospective writers the art of descriptive writing along with the knack of holding the reader’s attention. Amongst their other courses, Creative Writing 101 is recommended for beginners and intermediate writers who are either looking at channelizing their intent and imagination or seeking a refresher to acuminate their writing skills.

The Complete Creative Writing Course is an all-rounder that includes all 4 writing genres – Fiction, Drama, Poetry, and Creative Non-Fiction. Anyone who thinks they can write is much capable of writing provided they are equipped with compatible writing techniques, literary devices, and specialized skills. This is where Udemy steps in as one of the leading Creative Writing Courses in Scotland.

Learn more about the excellent Creative Writing Courses in Glasgow

4. University Of Dundee

Their course ranks number 1 in the United Kingdom for creative writing and number 2nd in Scotland for English in specific, according to the National student survey in 2022. The University has combined the study of English Literature (from the medieval period to the present day) along with Creative writing in MA Honors.

Since their unprecedented creative writing courses in Scotland are for four years and are to be pursued in the Dundee City Campus, the journey here is going to be nothing short of interesting. The amalgamation of literature translating into the writer’s creativity stays with the writer for posterity.

They teach you how to analyze any piece from a distance and accordingly critique the novel or the poem. You will continually work on writing essays, poetry, journalism, novels, stories, and monologues; alongside also reviewing and writing for the theater.

5. CITY, University of London

For potential writers who are looking for short courses to enhance their writing ability, this 10-month course at City is a great pick. It must be the first choice for beginners who hold no prior experience in content writing, as the course aims at instilling the charm of writing and providing the necessary guidance on how to begin your creative journey.

Their “An approach to creative writing” is a distance-learning course that occurs every Tuesday. You will learn about the nuances of writing and eventually revise and edit your work. The course is led by Rosa Rogers who is a Doctor of Philosophy in the Contemporary Novel: Practice as Research. Rosa currently works as an assistant lecturer in Creative Writing in Canterbury, London, and her work has been appreciated across France and the UK.

You may also want to know about the best Creative Writing Courses in Birmingham

6. Moniack Mhor

A highland haven for writers: Scotland, for the quintessential landscape and scenery that it proposes, must be availed for its definite charm. This retreat for writers must be explored if you are in Scotland or anywhere around the vicinity. There is nothing more lavish than nature and writing put together.

It can be extensively liberating to learn what you aspire for, sitting in the middle of the alps, syncing your creativity with the gorgeousness that this place presents in front of you. Situated a few miles North of Inverness, Moniack Mhor has been helping aspiring and established writers with their craft for over 20 years.

Their creative writing courses in Scotland furnish an entirely different approach to learning, and their writing curriculum currently includes playwriting, songwriting, nature writing, science fiction, poetry, and fiction. This independent writing center gives a writer two key elements –time and space.

Any writer needs to be driven and soaked, to be able to translate their thoughts on paper – and simply speaking, this stunning retreat puts the mood right. Their Creative Writing Courses in Scotland run from Thursdays until Sundays and they also organize one-day workshops along with several evening events that are tailored to highlight the publishing and agency side of writing

Also Read: Creative Writing Courses in London

7. De Montfort University in Leicester

DMU, a widely popular university offers a variety of courses, right from the beginner’s level to undergraduate and postgraduate courses as well. They offer a short-term two-week course called ‘Creative Writing: An Introduction to Craft and Community’ which is directed at teaching the introductory techniques to start the writer’s creative journey.

However, people who are passionate about taking up writing as a full-time career and do not have time constraints must consider the English and Creative Writing BA (Hons) that explores the evolution of the English Language along with critical analysis and expedition of English Literature. Considered one of the leading Creative Writing Courses in Scotland, their strengths comprise cross-genre approaches along with cross-cultural theory and cultivation of the craft.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Creative Writing Courses in Scotland

1. what will be your career choices as a creative writer.

If your work is engrossing and updated, there are enough openings in the market to make a living out of creative writing. You could choose to be any of the following; Copy Writer, Article Writer, Book Writer (Author), Script Writer, Blogger, Editorial Assistant, Literary Agent, Marketing Coordinator, Proof Reader, Web Content Manager, Journalist, Ghost Writer, Personal Poet, Song Writer, Novelist and so on.

2. How beneficial is the approach of online learning?

Distance Learning provides live online classes and a flexible schedule that has proven to be magical in today’s time and age. Additionally, hands-on projects and a recognized certificate at the end of the course make distance learning a preferred mode of learning for many students in many fields. Creative Writing is a reflection of inner creativity and talent, hence the necessary guidance from one of the enterprising online Creative Writing Courses in Scotland will hold significant merit.

3. I have recently gotten selected for a teacher’s role. In what ways can my creative writing experience help me in my profession?

Most of us remember our favorite English teacher because she put learning a notch above the rest, and made it fascinating. Analysis of literature, research, and writing can seem tedious if taught as a monotonous exercise. This is where your creative writing prowess will bridge the gap and make the experience enriching for the students.

4. What is the role of the target audience in my field of Creative Writing?

Knowing your target audience is the process of understanding which section of people loves your work more than the rest of them. This is a great way to determine your loyalists and to aim at the content that your readers will be most interested in. A lot of this knowledge comes once you ascertain a genre for your writing. Additionally, demographics like gender, age, orientation, education, socio-political factors, life experiences, etc contribute largely to narrowing down your target readers. Crafting your work keeping the interest of your readers as a priority will aid in developing marketing campaigns to derive the most from that same audience.

Conclusion:

While creative imagination and writing talent undoubtedly come from within, the above-listed Creative Writing Courses in Scotland will support your caliber with essential professional guidance. The buoyancy will shine through if you regard your talent with discipline and grit. It is natural to immerse in self-doubt, but understanding creative writing and writing creatively are the only ways to succeed. Readers are hungry for fresh snackable content, so design them their desired menu and keep satiating their creative palette. But to do this, the writer must first absorb the fundamentals and intricacies of writing and hopefully, these promising Creative Writing Courses in Scotland will help you achieve just that.

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Creative Writing MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

Programme website: Creative Writing

The community has been one of my favourite parts. The department has very warm and encouraging staff. Some of my classmates are now close friends, and we still workshop stories across time zones, and complain to each other about writing - and not writing! Bhavika Govil, prize-winning fiction writer MSc in Creative Writing, 2020

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Programme description

Based in the first UNESCO World City of Literature, this one-year, full-time taught Masters programme is tailored towards your practice in either fiction or poetry.

There is a strong practical element to the programme, helping you develop your creative skills through:

  • presenting your work for peer discussion
  • hearing from guest writers and other professionals on the practicalities of life as a writer

You will also sharpen your critical skills through:

  • seminars exploring the particulars of your chosen form
  • option courses in literature, helping you move from theoretical considerations to practical applications

The programme culminates with the publication of ‘From Arthur’s Seat,’ an anthology of student work.

Why Edinburgh

Literature has been taught here for over 250 years, and today Edinburgh thrives on its designation as the first UNESCO World City of Literature. The city is home to the National Library of Scotland and the Scottish Poetry Library, and a number of celebrated publishing outlets, from Canongate and Polygon, to Luath Press, Birlinn and Mariscat. The University hosts the prestigious James Tait Black Awards, established in 1919 and one of the oldest literary prizes in Britain.

There are lots of opportunities to write and share your work, from ‘The Student,’ the UK’s oldest student newspaper (founded in 1887 by Robert Louis Stevenson), to The Selkie, which was founded by Creative Writing students in 2018 to showcase work by people who self-identify as underrepresented.

Around the city, you will find:

  • library readings and bookshop launches
  • spoken word gigs
  • cabaret nights
  • poetry slams
Edinburgh isn’t just historic – it’s a modern hub for literature. That’s part of what makes the city great for writing.

Austin Crowley, MSc in Creative Writing, 2023

We team teach our programme so that you benefit from the input of a range of tutors, as well as your fellow students and our Writer in Residence, the poet and author Michael Pedersen, who also co-ordinates a range of student writing prizes and our annual industry and networking event.

The academic staff you will be working with are all active researchers or authors, including well-published and prize-winning writers of poetry, prose fiction and drama. They include:

  • Dr Jane Alexander - Fiction
  • Dr Lynda Clark
  • Dr Patrick Errington - Poetry/Fiction
  • Dr Miriam Gamble - Poetry
  • Professor Alan Gillis - Poetry
  • Dr Jane McKie - Poetry
  • Dr Allyson Stack - Fiction
  • Kim Sherwood - Fiction
  • Alice Thompson - Fiction

Programme structure

Over the duration of the programme, you will:

  • take two core courses, both worth 40 credits
  • two optional courses chosen from a wide range of subjects, both worth 20 credits

The core activities in Creative Writing are:

  • tutor-led workshops, in which you will present your work-in-progress and critique the work of your fellow students
  • regular seminars exploring techniques and issues specific to your practice (either fiction or poetry) and the statements and theories of practitioners

Optional courses

We have a large number of option courses to choose from, including preferred courses for fiction and poetry (which will be offered to Creative Writing students in the first instance), and courses from across the Department of English Literature and the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures.

Visiting speakers

Throughout the programme, you will be expected to attend readings and talks by visiting speakers. Early on, these will be from published writers and, later, advisors from the writing business: literary agents, magazine editors and publishers.

Dissertation

The final element of the programme is your dissertation, a piece of creative writing (worth 60 credits) written with the advice and support of a designated supervisor.

Fiction dissertations are between 15,000 words and 20,000 words, and poetry dissertations between 25 and 30 pages.

Find out more about compulsory and optional courses

We link to the latest information available. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year and should be considered indicative.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you should be able to:

  • identify, conceptualise and define formal elements of craft in your chosen field (poetry or fiction) within published works and within works by your peers
  • remain open to criticism and respond effectively and creatively to feedback on your own creative work
  • work from initial conception through multiple drafts to the final version of a creative piece within your chosen field (fiction or poetry)
  • transfer editorial skills and creative abilities from one context to another
  • analyse creative works within your chosen field (fiction or poetry), work with a focus on craft effectiveness, and articulate strengths and weaknesses in a piece of writing in a constructive manner

Career opportunities

Over the course of this programme, you will complete a body of creative work that has been rigorously peer reviewed.

Our students go on to careers in a wide variety of fields, including:

  • arts administration
  • web and audio book editing
  • script and ghost writing
  • gaming narrative design

Some decide to extend their studies and take a PhD with us.

Many of our alumni go on to achieve literary success, publishing novels and short story and poetry collections, and winning awards. Our graduates’ recent successes include:

debut novels from:

  • Amanda Block (The Lost Storyteller, published by Hodder Studio)
  • Karin Nordin (Where Ravens Roost, published by Harper Collins)
  • Marielle Thompson (Where Ivy Dares to Grow, published by Kensington Books)
  • August Thomas (Liar’s Candle, published by Simon and Schuster)
  • Rosie Walker (Secrets of a Serial Killer, published by One More Chapter)
  • Mark Wightman (Waking the Tiger, published by Hobeck Books and shortlisted for Scottish Crime Debut of the Year 2021)

debut short story collections from:

  • Dayle Furlong (Lake Effect, published by Cormorant Books)
  • Dima Alzayat (Alligator and Other Stories, shortlisted for the James Tait Black Award for Fiction)
  • a non-fiction debut from Sonali Misra (21 Fantastic Failures, published by Rupa Publications India)

debut poetry collections from:

  • Rebecca Tamás (WITCH, published by Penned in the Margins)
  • Naomi Morris (Hyperlove, published by Makina Books)
  • Aileen Ballantyne (Taking Flight, published by Luath Press)
  • the 2022 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, won by Alyson Kissner
  • the 2021 Brotherton Poetry Prize, won by Lauren Pope
  • the 2021 Pontas & JJ Bola Emerging Writers Prize, won by Bhavika Govil

Meet our graduates

From Arthur’s Seat – stories from the heart of Edinburgh

Tim Tim Cheng

  • Bhavika Govil
  • Dima Alzayat

What's the best type of masters programme for you?

Entry requirements.

These entry requirements are for the 2024/25 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2025/26 academic year will be published on 1 Oct 2024.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any discipline. This will often be in a directly related subject like English Literature/Creative Writing, but we welcome applicants from all academic backgrounds.

Applicants who are entered into selection will be asked to provide a sample of written work to enable their suitability for the programme to be assessed.

Students from China

This degree is Band C.

  • Postgraduate entry requirements for students from China

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

  • Entry requirements by country
  • English language requirements

Regardless of your nationality or country of residence, you must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 7.0 with at least 6.5 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 100 with at least 23 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced ( CAE ) / C2 Proficiency ( CPE ): total 185 with at least 176 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE : ISE III with passes in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 70 with at least 62 in each component.

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS , TOEFL, Trinity ISE or PTE , in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

  • UKVI list of majority English speaking countries

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries (non-MESC).

  • Approved universities in non-MESC

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

Fees and costs

Scholarships and funding, featured funding.

If you are intending to study full time on this Creative Writing programme, you are eligible for a William Hunter Sharpe Memorial Scholarship which will contribute towards your tuition fees.

You do not need to apply for this scholarship – all eligible candidates who apply for the programme by Monday 6 May 2024 will be considered for them and contacted if successful.

  • Find out more about the William Hunter Sharpe Memorial Scholarship and other scholarships in literatures, languages and cultures

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.

The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:

  • your programme
  • the duration of your studies
  • your tuition fee status

Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.

  • UK government and other external funding

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Search for funding

Further information

  • Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
  • Contact: College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Admissions Office
  • School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures
  • 50 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Programme: Creative Writing
  • School: Literatures, Languages & Cultures
  • College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Select your programme and preferred start date to begin your application.

MSc Creative Writing - 1 Year (Full-time)

Application deadlines.

Due to high demand, the school operates a number of selection deadlines. We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but hold the majority of applications until the next published selection deadline when we will offer a proportion of the places available to applicants selected through a competitive process.

Please be aware that applications must be submitted and complete, i.e. all required documents uploaded, by the relevant application deadline in order to be considered in that round. Your application will still be considered if you have not yet met the English language requirement for the programme.

Deadlines for applicants applying to study in 2024/25:

(Revised 19 October 2023 to update application deadlines and selection dates)

  • How to apply

You must submit one reference with your application.

The online application process involves the completion of a web form and the submission of supporting documents.

You should supply a portfolio of writing.

  • For poetry, this should be six (6) pages of poetry, starting a new page for each new poem of 14 lines or over.
  • For fiction, this should be a complete story or stories, or an equivalent amount from a longer work (between 2,500 and 3,500 words).

These are firm limits.

If you are undecided about whether to apply for fiction or poetry, you should send a sample of both, i.e. six (6) pages of poetry and 2,500-3,500 words of fiction (if offered a place it will be for one or the other).

Work in other forms (for example journalism, life writing or advertising) will not be considered.

Personal statement

When writing your personal statement, consider the following questions:

  • What do you most hope to learn/gain from a Creative Writing degree, and why is ours the programme for you?
  • Tell us about your writing: what are you interested in and why? Are there aspects of your current practice you're particularly proud of? Things you know you need to work on?

What (if any) prior experience do you have of studying Creative Writing?

Guidance on the application process and supporting documents

All supporting documents, including references, must be uploaded to the online application system by the deadline date.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

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